AN ACT TO REQUIRE INTERNET WEB SITE PUBLICATION OF LEGAL NOTICES.
Amends GS 1-596 (Charges for legal advertising), providing that when a government notice is required to be published more than once and is paid for by the government entity, but not paid in advance by or recouped from private parties, then the governmental entity cannot be charged for the second and successive insertions of that notice at a rate greater than 85% of the original rate.
Amends GS 1-597 (Regulations for newspaper publication of legal notices, advertisements, etc.), establishing rules and requirements for electronic and internet publication of legal notices or other documents or papers that are required by NC law to be published in a newspaper including but not limited to, that each notice must be placed on the newspaper's website, at no additional charge, on the same day that the notice appears in the newspaper, and that if a legal notice is published in the newspaper but cannot be published on the newspaper's website, the publishing newspaper will place the notice on the statewide internet website, established and maintained by the NC Press Association as a repository for such notices. Includes provisions for email notifications and concerning errors in notices posted online.
Makes technical changes.
Effective October 1, 2015, and applies to notices that must be published on or after that date, except that it does not apply to notices permitted to be published on a government website in lieu of newspaper publication pursuant to an ordinance enacted before that date.
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